Biographical data


Veth, Daniel David


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1850, Amsterdam, Holland. Died: 1885, Kalahangka, W. coast of S. Africa.



Engineer, son of Prof. P.J. Veth, educated at polytechnical schools in Germany. He was from 1873-76 in the employ of the Swiss Railways, working near Zürich and on the St Gotthard line. He joined the Central Sumatra Expedition 1877/78 (cf. sub A.L. van Hasselt).1 Together with van Hasselt he collected some plants on G. Kerintji (Sumatra West Coast) in Dec. 1877. In 1884 he went to Africa as leader of the Cunene Expedition to the Portuguese colonies Angola and Benguela, where his health broke down .2

He is commemorated in Frullania vethii Lac.



With A.L. van Hasselt’s collection in Herb. Leiden [L].



(1) cf. P.J. Veth: ‘Reizen en onderzoekingen der Sumatra-expeditie, etc.’ vol. 1, p. 7. D.D. Veth is the author of vol. 2 of this work, comprising the geographical description and atlas.

D.D. Veth: ‘Reizen door Sumatra’ (Aarde en haar Volken 1881, p. 1-16, 48-64, 105-120, 177-202, w. map and ill.); transl. ‘A travers l’île de Sumatra’ (Tour du monde 40, 1881, p. 145, 240); ‘Von der Niederländischen Expedition nach Zentral-Sumatra, 1877-1879’ (Aus alien Welttheilen 13, 1881/82, p. 36, 74, 92, 102, 138).

cf. also short articles on the expedition written by D.D. Veth and J.F. Snelleman, previously published in newspapers, re-issued in P.J. Veth & J. Snelleman, Daniël Veth’s reizen in Angola, etc., l.c. sub 2, Bijl. A-C, p. 43-95.

(2) Dr P.J. Veth & JOH. Snelleman: ‘Daniël Veth’s reizen in Angola, voorafgegaan door een schets van zijn leven’ (Haarlem 1887).


biographical data:

Eigen Haard 1885, p. 456, 468, + portr.; in P.J. Veth & J. Snelleman, Daniël Veth’s reizen in Angola etc., l.c. sub Liter. 2, p. 3-4 + portr., bibliogr. on p. 115-116; P.C. Molhuysen, Blok & Knappert, Nieuw Nederl. Biogr. Woordenb. 5, 1921, p. 1016-1017; Encyclop. N.I. 4, 1921.